Self-directed Study Sheet 12

Context: Matthew has profound and multiple learning difficulties. Here, he is working with a ‘MIDIblock’, which converts movement to sound through a computer. His music teacher holds the sensor beneath Matthew’s right hand.

  1. Observation: Think about what you see and hear in the video.
  2. Interpretation: What can you reasonably infer about the person's musical engagement?
  3. Assessment: Suggest a Sounds of Intent Level and Domain.

Matthew makes an increasing range of movements with his right hand, causing ever higher cascades of musical sounds to occur up and down a major scale. The growing extent of Matthew’s movements suggests that he is intentionally causing sounds to occur over a greater range. This indicates engagement at Level 2, Proactive (P.2): ‘intentionally makes or controls sound’.